It can be challenging for vegetarians to follow low carb diets due to the focus on the meat of many of these eating plans. However, meat is not the only source of protein, and vegetarians can easily tweak recipes to meet their dietary needs. These recipes can be made for one or for many, so the amount of ingredients has been left vague. These are easy vegetarian low carb meals; the recipes are based on common sense, so they allow for creativity and can be changed to fit the chef’s taste.
Vegetarian Eggplant Pizza
The ingredients needed for this easy vegetarian meal are ripe eggplant, olive oil or cooking spray, marinara sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, fresh basil, and toppings of choice. One more favorite topping favorite is vegetarian pepperoni slices.
- Cut the eggplant into slices that are about one inch thick.
- Arrange the slices on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray, or brush the bottoms of the eggplant with olive oil.
- Top the eggplant slices with the marinara sauce, and then add some of the mozzarella cheese.
- Add toppings, and then more mozzarella, and then finish with the Parmesan.
- Bake at 400 degrees until the cheese is starting to brown and the eggplant is cooked to desired consistency.
- Sprinkle with fresh basil. Serve hot with salad or fresh fruit.
Vegetarian Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms
These are fancy looking enough to be served as a healthy vegetarian dinner to guests. The chef will need Portabella mushrooms, olive oil or cooking spray, fresh spinach, cottage, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese, fresh basil, and salt and pepper.
- Gently pull the stems off the mushrooms, and then dice them up and set aside.
- Brush the tops of the mushrooms with olive oil or spray with cooking spray, and then set them upside down in a frying pan on low heat to warm up.
- While mushrooms are warming, mix cottage cheese and fresh spinach up in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix in diced mushroom stems.
- Place mushrooms upside down in a baking dish. They do not need to be cooked through from the frying pan, only warmed up a little.
- Scoop the cottage cheese mixture into the mushrooms, filling them until they have a rounded top.
- Sprinkle mozzarella and parmesan cheese on top, and bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and is beginning to brown.
- Sprinkle with fresh basil and serve hot with salad or fresh fruit.
This dish proves that low carb vegetarian food can be comfort food as well. The chef will need zucchini, Roma tomatoes or marinara sauce, cottage, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese, fresh spinach, fresh basil, and garlic, salt, and pepper to taste.
- Chop the zucchini into thin slices. Spread a layer into a casserole dish.
- Cover with a layer of chopped Roma tomatoes or spread some marinara sauce on top.
- Mix fresh spinach with cottage cheese, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Spread half of it over the vegetable layers in the casserole dish.
- Sprinkle a little of the mozzarella cheese over the top.
- Repeat the zucchini, tomatoes or sauce, and cottage cheese mixture layers. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese, and then add the parmesan on top.
- Bake at 400 for about a half-hour, or until cheese is beginning to brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh basil. Allow cooling for 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving.
- Serve with salad or fresh fruit.
These are just three recipes out of hundreds of potential vegetarian low carb meals. Many favorite recipes can be tweaked to create a low carb vegetarian options like these (the obvious inspiration for these were lasagna, pizza, and stuffed mushrooms). Have fun and get creative with these and other recipes to add a healthful element to favorite foods.
What other low carb vegetarian recipes do you like to make?
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